six weeks before the war because they couldn't stand the thought of nbc being considered unpatriotic. the mainstream media were rushing to war. they were part of the problem. i wrote then, and i wrote this week, you know, president bush could not have sold this war without the mainstream media the so-called liberal hawks that the washington post, new york times essentially signing off on the war, you know, washington post publishing fine pro war editorials in the last couple months before the war, 26 in total, you know, the day after colin powell made that infamous just outlandish presentation to the u.n., four washington post-columnists cheered him saying there's no debate anymore. sadaam hussein has to be taken out. mainstream media was by far probably the worst failure of the last half century. >> war always good for ratings.